**DO YOU HAVE AN UPCOMING PRE-BOOKED APPOINTMENT AT THE SURGERY?**
As we are trying to limit the risk of any transmission of Coronavirus to patients and staff and have restricted access to the waiting room, we are happy to convert face to face appointments to telephone or video appointments.
This will be suitable for many appointments unless you think that the doctor or nurse will need to examine you (touch, see or feel something).
If you wish to change your appointment to a telephone or video consultation please let us know or contact the surgery.
If you do have to attend the practice for your appointment please remember NOT TO COME if you have developed a cough or fever.
For patients who would normally collect your prescriptions from the surgery we will be asking you to nominate your preferred pharmacy so that we can send it there directly.
We thank you for your patience during these difficult times.
Due to the increasing spread of Coronavirus, we wish to reassure all of our patients we are taking every precaution possible to minimise the risk to our patients and staff.
Following NHS and UK Government guidance, if you have a NEW and PERSISTENT cough OR fever you should stay home and self-isolate for 7 days. Please DO NOT attend the practice.
If you have a medical emergency, but are in the process of self-isolating, PLEASE PHONE RECEPTION and we will arrange an appropriate consultation.
If you think you may have Coronavirus and are at risk you can phone NHS Ayrshire & Arran Health Protection on 01292 885858, Mon -Fri 9am-5pm (or outwith these times Public Health On Call 01563 521 133) for advice.
You can find information and guidance on Coronavirus https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Or telephone NHS Ayrshire & Arran Helpline for general health advice on 0800 028 2816.
New Parents - Baby Registrations
We understand the Registry Office are not currently registering new births. You can register your baby at the Practice in order to avoid any delays should you require access to services. To access our registration form please click here.
The Practice is delighted to welcome two new GP Partners to the team from 7 August 2019 – Dr Lee Nisbet and Dr James Ledger and from 1 July, Kate Hollins. Kate is an experienced Advanced Nurse Practitioner and her role will primarily be caring for our frail, elderly and housebound patients.
The Practice will be closed on the Public Holidays as below:
- Friday 18th September
- Monday 21st September
Practice Learning Time
The Practice takes part in 3 to 4 Protected Learning Time (PLT) events a year. This dedicated time allows the practice staff the opportunity to close for the afternoon to address learning and professional developments needs, either individually or in groups which we feel is a benefit to patient care.
The dates for the next planned PLT events are as below:
- No dates planned for next year at present
During these afternoons if you require urgent medical treatment which cannot wait until the next routine surgery to be seen, please telephone the Out of Hours service - NHS24/Ayrshire Urgent Call Services (AUCS) on 111.
Heartstart CPR Training Session - Life
Learn how to save a life with our 2 hour training session for the general public on life saving skills. We run a training session every quarter and have trained over 100 people.
A date for further training has been organised for:
- No further dates at present
If you or someone you know would like to take part please let the reception team know and we'll add your name to the list of attendees. You don't have to be a patient of the Practice to attend, all are welcome where numbers allow.
Atrial Fibrillation - An Undiagnosed Condition
The Scottish Government report that thousands of people are living with an undiagnosed heart condition which makes them 5 times more likely to suffer a disabling stroke.
Atrial Fibrillation is an irregular heart beat, that once diagnosed, can be simply treated. Screening for AF can be done very simply using a hand held monitor. Our Receptionists are trained to use the equipment, and will give you the result at the time. If the result is abnormal, we will make arrangements for further testing.
Pop into Reception today and ask to be screened. No appointment necessary
Patient Participation Group
We are seeking patients to join our Patient Participation Group (PPG). Our meetings take place 3 times per year.
The dates for our next meetings are as below:
If you would like to be involved please ask a member of our reception team or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Have your say, join our PPG today!
SPIRE (Scottish Primary Care Information Resource)
SPIRE is a NHS Scotland initiative which gathers anonymised data from GP records to help plan services and improve the quality of care provided in the future. For more information please visit www.spire.scot
Barns Walking Group
A Walking Group leaves the Practice every Wednesday at 11am. All patients, non-patients, and furry friends are warmly welcomed. The walk suits all abilities with 1 mile and 2 mile routes being available.
This medicines factsheet has been developed by Healthcare Improvement Scotland for patients to improve transparency with regards to decision-making on medicines. It explains how a GP or other healthcare professional decides what the right treatment is, whether or not a medicine is required, and if so, which is the right medicine to presribe.
Medicines in Scotland: What's the right treatment for you?
Hearing Aid Battery Replacement Service
The Practice are now offering a battery replacement service for hearing aids provided by the NHS. You do not need to be registered at Barns Practice to use this service. if you obtained your hearing aids privately then you should visit your hearing aid centre for new batteries.